Saturday, 5 March 2011

Stingers complete "Worst to First" Turnaround

Showing that last season's finish in the QUBL basement - Concordia's first non-playoff season in Coach John Dore's 20 seasons as Stingers head coach - was an abberation, Concordia rallied back from an early 13 point deficit for a 77-66 home victory to advance to the Final 8 in Halifax.  6'3" Evens Laroche was instrumental in the victory with 19 points and 15 rebounds including 6 on the offensive glass, where the Stingers lived, grabbed 24 "o" boards in all. 

Laval raced out to a double digit lead on the heels of a 6 for their first 9 3's effort Both teams shot poorly overall (Concordia 31%, Laval 33%) led by 6'6" Etienne Labrecque (4 for 7 3's) and 6'3" fifth-year senior J.F. Beaulieu-Mahieux, playing the final game of his career.  However Rouge et Or began falling in love with the 3 and could not clean up the defensive glass allowing the Stingers to come back.

Box Score

Randy Phillips article in the Montreal Gazette  Stingers put cellar behind them in title quest

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